On the Fly: Good fish stories never go stale
BASALT ” A good fish story never gets old, as half-Aspenite John Dietsch knows full well.
A reality TV series about fishing guides is currently showing on the Outdoor Channel, and Friday’s edition is about a couple of guides from Taylor Creek Fly Shop in Basalt.
The segment was shot by Dietsch’s Hook.TV three years ago and was part of a short series carried by the Versus network. Now an expanded series has been picked up by the Outdoor Channel, so the old segments will be shown along with the new.
Friday’s segment features Taylor Creek top guide Kyle Holt in a “turf war” with a former private guide in the Aspen-area. The broader issues highlight the closure of sections of the Fryingpan River by private landowners. “The story of public versus private [water] resonates,” Dietsch said.
The episode also features Taylor Creek guide Natalie Markuson, who was a rookie three years ago trying to win the confidence of male clients who questioned her skills as a female guide. She obviously succeeded, as she is now the organizer of Taylor Creek’s women’s programs. Holt remains lead guide at the Basalt shop.
“I’m very proud of that show,” said Dietsch. “It’s the show that started the whole thing.” The whole thing is the series, “Hook.TV Adventure Guides: Fly Fishing Edition.” Dietsch spent years in Aspen as a ski instructor and fishing guide. He never really left, he said, but he started spending more time in Los Angles in the 1990s to launch his film career. He is founder and CEO of Hook.TV.
He said the episode featuring fishing on the Fryingpan and Roaring Fork rivers is “evergreen” and worth watching despite its age. And, hey, Aspen and Basalt certainly won’t complain about free publicity during these bleak economic times.
The half-hour episode airs at 5:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Friday and 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. on Saturday, according to the Outdoor Channel’s website.
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